prose

deflated

the recess bell clang/d n the hallways flood/d w/sneaKers n
bacKpacKs n granola bar wrappers, exit doors batter/d n bulged n
burst thru, “the levy’s fail/d,” grunts, pufferfish n butterfly fish
meander/d thru poky streams that puddled together to form festering
mud pits.

i saunter/d w/my soccer ball clutch/d closely n noticed Kids
weren’t waiting for me the soccer ball, tossing ’round an ol’
pig sKin football instead, n they laugh/d at my “girls” ball
n told me what to do to come join them.

“no.”

i trudged to the desolate tennis court n KicK/d the soccer ball flat.

follow n liKe bj draKe

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